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New skis for smaller expert female skiier

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi Epic Ski,

 

I've had a heck of a time sorting through the posts looking for new skis - most of the people who post seem to be 6'3'' 220 slalom skiers...I'm hoping I can tap you guys to help me find some new gear:

 

I'm female, 115 lb 5'4'', and ski at the expert level - there is little I won't do at the resort.  I haven't bought skis in a few years, and am not sure what to look for; I'm looking for an all mountain ski for Colorado (think Blue Sky at Vail, A lift or Resolution Bowl at Copper, etc) with a preference for steep deep moguls and trees over slalom.  I'm on Volkl G3s right now, and like them (like Volkl a lot), but I'm pretty brand agnostic. 

 

If you were me, what three skis would you be on the lookout for?  I live out of state now but come home for Christmas, and I'd like to find a nice pair of used skis that I can keep in Colorado, so 1 pair will have to do it all.  I'd especially like to hear from any ladies that love their skis, but all input is much appreciated!  Also, if there are posts that I missed, I'd be happy to be directed to them.  Happy Holidays!

post #2 of 11

Hi mmaCo, Happy Holiday's.

 

My wife is a little taller but fits your profile.  She's been on K2 Lotta Luv skis for the last few seasons and loves them, specifically because they handle everything (powder to moguls) well.  She's a year away from new skis and manager of our local shop in Chicago who we've skied with many times, recommended the new Volkl Aura ski.  It's the female version of my Mantra, which I love. 

 

Good Luck!

post #3 of 11

MM, you and my wife are twins.  Skis she really enjoys (owns and/or has tried) are the Volkl Cosmo, Salomon Geisha (her vote for best one ski quiver ever), the women's version of the Rossi S7 (it was called the Voodoo Pro BC 110 last year).  Hope that helps. 

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hey bob4snow and SquawBrat:Thanks so much for your replies - these are really helpful!  Happy holidays!

 

 

 

 

post #5 of 11

Welcome to Epic. There is no point in just throwing ski models out there without knowing a little more information.

 

  • One: Are you planning to replace your current skis or supplement them?
  • Two: What do you like about the skis you have?
  • Three: What do you want your new skis to do better than what you have?
  • Four: What length do you currently have?
  • Five: Would you say you prioritize stability at speed or maneuverability?

 

Any new ski these days will be wider than what you already have. How wide will mostly be determined by whether or not you keep or replace what you have. If you keep them, I'll recommend a somewhat wider ski than if you replace them. I buy for a ski shop and hence I test womens skis all the time along with several women that work with me. Even if you were in the shop talking to us face to face, we'd ask all these questions before pulling a ski out for you.

 

SJ

post #6 of 11

Welcome to Epic. ^^^^ What SJ said. Some of this also depends on what's out there used. Assuming you're truly an expert, my used three would be, in order: Kastle FX94, Blizzard Crush, Nordica Nemesis. None will be easy to find right now, look for demos in the spring. 

post #7 of 11
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Hi SJ:

 

Thanks for your thoughts, I've tried to answer your questions below:

 

Are you planning to replace your current skis or supplement them?

 

Looking to keep the G3s on the east coast and use the new skis in CO (so 1 set of skis in CO, I guess "replace" for the purposes of CO skiing).  For background, my parents are in CO so I make at least 2 trips a year to CO during ski season, and I'm tired of lugging equipment and paying baggage fees when there is free storage in CO.

 

What do you like about the skis you have?

Great performance in the moguls

Very responsive in the trees

Decent job in the crud

 

What do you want your new skis to do better than what you have?

They're not as stable as they could be at speed on groomers, and we all end up on those to get around

I'd like if they floated a little more in the powder; I understand that's hard to do when you want a 1 ski quiver

 

What length do you currently have?

156s; but ideal would have been 160 at the time.  Now, probably because they are wider, it looks like I should target 152-155s. (confirmation?)

 

Would you say you prioritize stability at speed or maneuverability?

Maneuverability.

 

What do you think, SJ?

post #8 of 11

Ooooooookeydokeythen.....................

 

It sound to me as if more flotation (width) is not a dominating priority for you but rather just a part of an agenda that also includes groomers and bumps. It also sounds as if a stiffer ski will be more of a detriment than a benefit. I'll suggest something narrower than many of the skis mentioned so far b/c I think they may shade the priorities a little too far toward deeper snow.

 

So.....waist width in the mid 80's - low 90's should give enough more lift than your 72mm Volkls to help in deeper snow without being completely comitted to it. There are literally dozens of skis in this width range that might work for you but I'll keep the list short.

 

Line Celebrity 90 or Salomon Lady: I list these two together b/c they are quite similar. Light, snappy and nimble in bumps, these skis have a tremendously high fun factor, great softer snow performance, and reasonable workability on hard groomers.

 

Dynastar Eden or Fischer Koa 84: A stiffer more aggressive ski than the two above with better stability and grip on harder snow and good crud busting capabilities. Not as good in lighter snow as the above or quite as nimble in bumps, but better than what you have.

 

Volkl Kenja: Stiffer than the Eden and more hard snow oriented yet. This ski works best for someone with a lot of power in their skiing or a fair bit of speed on the agenda. Very good on groomers for a wider ski, good at pushing crud if you can ski it fast enough. The Kenja does not shine in bumps or in lighter snow.

 

There are plenty of others that are good choices. I actually wouldn't suggest the Kenja but you expressed a bit of preference toward Volkl so there you are.

 

SJ

post #9 of 11

 

Jim, your killin' me with your description of the Celeb. Bought the 158 for my 13yr old knowing he will grow out of them and they will be mine! But waiting a season, maybe 2 is going to be hard after reading that. Line did a brilliant job with those graphics, makes a great teenager ski.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by 911over View Post

 

Jim, your killin' me with your description of the Celeb. Bought the 158 for my 13yr old knowing he will grow out of them and they will be mine! But waiting a season, maybe 2 is going to be hard after reading that. Line did a brilliant job with those graphics, makes a great teenager ski.


It really is a good one and they make a boyz graphic in the same ski called the Flite. Seriously, you should just beat him up and steal it........he's just a kid right? They can ski on anything. Uhhhhhh......assuming you can still take him of course.

 

SJ

post #11 of 11

 

lol. Still have an inch & lb on him but can't take him anylonger.he doesn't know it tho. Shoulda demo bindered 'em for the mon-fri days.
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